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BSD Today: XFree86 4.0.1 Review

Jul 10, 2000, 20:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)

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"With the latest version comes greater compatibility with machines such as SPARC, IA/64, LynxOS, and even our favorite, BSD/OS."

"Now that more operating systems are supported, what about the cards? In XFree86's latest release, arguably one of the most awaited arrivals into the *NIX word, the 3dfx Voodoo5 is finally supported. 3dfx promised support on *NIX platforms approximately one month after the V5's release, and XFree86 delivered. Since Glide has been ported to *BSD, this makes it look like the ultimate choice for a *BSD user who wishes to utilize the new DRI module for 3D acceleration."

"Additionally, support for Matrox, ATI, and NVidia cards have been greatly improved."

"For NVidia, although, this support didn't come easily. Several days after XFree86 4.0.1's release, reports of problems all over starting springing up-and all fingers were pointed at NVidia. It seemed that NVidia's 0.9-3 drivers were not up to par with the new XFree release and caused much commotion between NVidia users all over. A week and two patches later, NVidia support is finally up and going and a new series of drivers, 0.9-4 have been released, although not publicly on NVidia's website."

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